The Computer Science Department will present the live webinar "Computational Thinking" by Grady Booch, ACM fellow and chief scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research. The webinar will be presented on Wednesday, February 3, at noon and can be viewed in Stright 331.
The underlying assertion of science is that the world is understandable:
fueled by human curiosity and need, this has led us on a journey that
has pulled away the veil of mystery surrounding the cosmos and in turn
has shaped our very existence. The underlying assertion of computing is
that the world is computable: this also has led us on a journey that has
irreversibly changed humanity. It was once the case that developing
software-intensive systems was the domain of a relative few, but as
computing has woven its way into the interstitial spaces of
civilization, development is no longer just the domain of professionally
trained computer scientists and engineers, for now there has grown a
much larger community of amateur and incidental developers, people who
must build computational systems as part of their primary focus. In this
presentation, we will examine the nature of this shift and consider the
consequences not only for our profession but for the world that
increasingly relies on such systems. We will pay particular attention to
the importance of computational thinking for the masses, and how we as
professionals have a responsibility to shape the conversation.
Grady Booch is chief scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research.
Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design,
he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software
engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified
Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a
founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and
several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for
IEEE Software. Grady is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum.
He is an IBM fellow, an ACM and IEEE fellow, and has been awarded the
Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture for the BCS. He is
currently deeply involved in the development of cognitive systems, and
is also developing a major trans-media documentary for public broadcast
on the intersection of computing and the human experience.